Foundation Scholarship Endowment Awards: Carley Templeton

Carley Templeton, the daughter of Jim and Donna Templeton, all of Connersville, received the Sinks and Connie Tatman Scholarship and the Andy Thielking Swimming Scholarship.  Both are scholarship endowments at the Fayette County Foundation.  These scholarships require that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA and are a graduating senior of Connersville High School.

The George S. and Cornelia D. Tatman Scholarship Fund was established in August of 2001 to provide financial support to graduating high school students who intend to pursue a career in the communication field of study, including journalism, newspaper, radio, TV broadcasting, and computer science.Connie and George, or Sinks as he was best known, lived in Connersville at the base of 10th Street hill for many years. Sinks became involved with the Connersville News Examiner in the 1920’s. He loved the newspaper and attended a lot of newspaper meetings to improve his trade. He was instrumental in the creation of a unique press, called an off-set press. This press allowed the News Examiner to run a better newspaper, which is the common format tor newspapers today. As a result of this press, he ran the printing for many out of town firms and also printed the newspaper for several surrounding communities. Sinks ran the newspaper until the late 1980’s.

The Andrew J. Thielking Memorial Endowment was established in 2002 through memorial contributions honoring Andy’s legacy. Andy took advantage of the many opportunities that life has to offer. He loved adventure, took risks and lived each day to the fullest. Like the famous James Bond character he loved so much, he could be bold at times, yet remain humble. Others often perceived him as being lucky, but through his calculating intelligence and insight he often positioned himself to take advantage of life’s opportunities. Family and friends will continue to share many memories and stories of Andy that warm all hearts.

Carley graduated with a 3.6 GPA and was ranked in the top 15% of her class.  She plans to attend Butler University in Indianapolis and major in Communications and minor in English.  Among her many extra curricular activities, Carley was an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, and the CHS Varsity Swim Team.  Carley is interested in Communications as it will prepare her for many possible job opportunities.  She is very thankful to receive these scholarships and to every one who has helped her reach this point. Carley said, “soon, I will be able to earn a living, support myself and be a productive citizen.  I know earning my degree is not simply my accomplishment.  This will be an accomplishment for everyone who has helped me from Kindergarten through today.”

This year the Foundation awarded 34 scholarships to 19 students with $100,337 in tuition funds awarded.

Congratulations, Carley!